Open Question from O’Reilly – would you like to see a new version of Java in a Nutshell?

Java in a Nutshell

For many years, many people (me included!) have considered O’Reilly’s Java in A Nutshell (David Flanagan)  to be THE Java reference book to have lying around – definitive, detailled and with lots of excellent code examples. It used to be updated for every Java release, but with the decline in book printing in general, and the questions over the last few years about Java, this has not happened and we are stuck on a book about Java 5. The language has come a long way since that and Java 7 (while being backwardly compatible) packs a lot more features.

If you read my JavaOne article, you will know that Java is very much BACK and so O’Reilly are now considering whether to update the book with a new release. So if you would like to see a new edition take their survey….

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Mark Stephens

System Architect and Lead Developer at IDRSolutions
Mark Stephens has been working with Java and PDF since 1999 and has diversified into HTML5, SVG and JavaFX. He also enjoys speaking at conferences and has been a Speaker at user groups, Business of Software, Seybold and JavaOne conferences. He has a very dry sense of humor and an MA in Medieval History for which he has not yet found a practical use.

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About Mark Stephens

Mark Stephens has been working with Java and PDF since 1999 and has diversified into HTML5, SVG and JavaFX. He also enjoys speaking at conferences and has been a Speaker at user groups, Business of Software, Seybold and JavaOne conferences. He has a very dry sense of humor and an MA in Medieval History for which he has not yet found a practical use.

2 thoughts on “Open Question from O’Reilly – would you like to see a new version of Java in a Nutshell?

  1. Simon Kent

    Yes, I’d like to see it updated and republished but I’d hang on for Java SE 8 before doing so.

    • Although where do you stop? Java9 will follow Java8….

      I would personally like to see it updated to Java7 (it currently cover Java5!) with maybe some notes on possible 8 stuff. There have been lots of changes in 6 and 7

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